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By 1994 the Beasties had settled into their cultural role as the grand arbiters of cool, and Ill Communication is pretty much a catalog of coolness: live funk, a bit of hardcore, ingenious samples of obscure records, keyboards by analogue master Money Mark, guest shots by Q-Tip and Biz Markie, MCA's cop-show metal number "Sabotage," and the inevitable cascade of witty old-school rhymes. But it's also a surprisingly mature record from a band that had, after all, been at it for 12 years already. The original jazz-funk instrumentals hold their own with the group's favorite sample sources. Their voices are modestly buried in the mix, and they've tempered their old snottiness with lyrical compassion: check out "Bodhisattva Vow," a salute to Buddhist spirituality. --Douglas Wolk

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: May 31, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TP7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By dallas on November 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I came to beastie boys on the back of vague recommendations from a mate, not knowing what to expect. Initially, i got licensed to ill, which i enjoyed for what it is, but it was not the stuff i had been recommended. I moved to check your head, and was pleasantly surprised at songs like pass the mic, so what'cha want, live at pjs. Since then, I have been ABSOLUTELY blown away by this album. There is no other album i know of that combines punk-rock, metal, acid jazz, funk, world beats, and hip-hop, in the same album, sometimes even in the same song. And it makes for a great mix.

Not only is this album a great mix of styles, but it is produced crisply, with the vocals mixed down slightly to become an accompaniment to the rest of the instruments, synths blending seamlessly in and out of the music, and the tribal beats laying the foundation for some great songs. The beasties manage to record and mix accordingly for the style of each song style they attempt.

And they attempt a lot. Songs like 'The Update', 'Futterman's Rule' are a psychedelic funk-fest, with tribal world beats as a backbone,synths everywhere and funky guitar licks, i cant help but love them. Songs like 'Sabotage' and 'Heart Attack Man' make for a change of pace, with great punk metal riffs, and fast heavy drum beats. My personal favourite simply for its ingenuity and awesome sound is flute loop; who else but the Beasties could take a folk sounding flute riff, and bring it into the hip-hop world with funky beats, mad scratches and mad lyrics? No one, thats who.

Ultimately, there is something here for a fan of every type of music.I recommend this album to anyone who loves funk, punk, hip-hop, or jazz.

My recommendations are:

The Update,

Futterman's Rule,

Flute Loop,

Sure Shot,

Heart Attack Man,

B-Boys making with the Freak Freak.

Enjoy.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elderbear VINE VOICE on September 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've never been a Beastie Boys fan. I discovered Shambala while looking for an online copy of the old Three Dog Night tune. Beastie Boys Shambala hooked me, I had to hear more. Ill Communication didn't disappoint. I love the fusion-hop-acid-trip-jazz-rock-whatever-it-is they do.
This is not the music to listen to while having an anxiety attack. It is a montage of rapped lyrics, world beats, rock and jazz, fusion, and trip-hop, a veritable assault on standardized categories and linear perceptions. Whatever you decide to call it (yeah, even "That ain't music, it's NOISE!"), the Beastie Boys have executed it well. This music is skillfully created, magically blended, and flawlessly engineered.
(If you'd like to discuss this CD or review in more depth, please click on the "about me" link above and drop me an email. Thanks!)
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Beastie boys have changed a lot since License To Ill first came out, by ways of lyrics attitude and musical direction, this is either a good or bad thing for many fans. The change as you know was brought on my Adam Yauch's "Budhisattva vow". The new direction was touched on briefly in parts of Check your Head and was a welcome change because most bands in the 90s seem to want to say something and bring more elements to their music. Another part of their new direction was them picking up their intruments and playing them which happened in Check your Head. On Check your head their sound was more gritty and slightly Lo-fi compared to work such as Pauls Boutique, the rap element was kinda not what was the power behind the album it was the Rock/punk and close attention to intrumentals.THe album was going back to their old punk days, remembering tracks like Egg Raid on Mojo or Riot Fight for short fast punk songs. Ill communication expands on this album, with a more polished sound, excellent recording and mixing. The only thing is that this album lost its gritty feel to it, even songs like Sabotage seem a bit to perfect and only get a gritty appeal when its played live. Another thing to talk about is the mixing of the album which is totally different from the rest of their albums, the Beasties voices are kinda mixed in to the background(in style of L.A rap recordings) a bit and at times really distorted which is one of the best elements to this album, and their lyrics have become more p.c and moving, they rap about the mother earth being disrespected and tibet and becoming enlightened by the buddhas. They have also stopped joking around in their raps and have become more serious.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Beastie Boys cannot be limited to just one type of music. "Rap" simply does this great band absolutely no justice. If you are new to the b-boys, GET THIS CD! Sure shot, Tough guy, Root Down, Sabotage, Freak Freak, Get it togeter, Flute Loop, Do it, Heart Attack Man, EVERY single song is awesome. The b-boys have it all, hardcore rock with sabotage, Funky rhythyms with Freak freak, punkish H.A.M., and pure rap like get it together and do it. Even the instrumentals are great with the crazy violin and all. These MCs are the best ever, and Ill communication is their best cd by far. I like the new flavor in Hello Nasty, afterall bands do evolve, especially the b-boys, and i like the old school stuff like license to ill. Paul's B is good too. But this Cd is definitely worth every penny, 20 tracks that flow smoothly and keep the energy from Sure shot all the way to Transitions, the b-boys have truly found themselves with this must-have album. Adrock, Mike D, and MCA will always be the best.
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